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Posted on 09-20-2018

Emergency Pet Care At Waldorf Emergency Care

Waldorf Emergency Care provides 24-hour care for pets in Waldorf, MD.  We accept walk-in appointments. If you’re concerned about pet unconsciousness, take your beloved animal in to see us immediately. If your animal passed out, we can help you understand why.

dog being examined after passing out

Your Waldorf, MD Veterinarian Explains Fainting Causes

Fainting often occurs when blood does not flow to the brain like it normally would. However, not all cases result because of no blood flow. Other medical issues could cause fainting, a condition also known as syncope.

Your Waldorf, MD WECARE veterinarian explains fainting and pet unconsciousness causes:

  • Heart-related problems – This includes any that causes an irregular heartbeat. An A-V block, ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation could cause the heart not to pump the way it should. Cardiovascular issues also could interrupt blood supply flow.
  • Nervous system-related faints – This typically occurs when pressure is placed on the vagus nerve responsible for slowing the heart rate. An animal pulling on a collar or straining while defecating could aggravate this nerve. Likewise, excessive coughing could cause fainting.
  • Stress or excitement – This might happen when a stranger comes near the property and your animal becomes too excited.
  • Other health problems – Low blood sugar, calcium, or sodium levels or a rare condition called hyperviscosity (overly thick and sticky blood) could affect blood circulation and cause it. In addition, some rare cases occur when medications cause blood pressure to drop. Seizures also sometimes cause fainting.

How to Identify the Signs

If your pet cannot seem to stand steady and starts to dip downward, that is one sign. The animal might also suddenly appear as if going to sleep. In this case, the appearance of falling asleep occurs at a time when the animal has not already been resting. After having passed out on the floor, your pet might not respond when calling out his or her name, nor will the animal voluntarily move.

Call Our Waldorf Emergency Care Immediately For Emergency Care!

Call your Waldorf Emergency Care at 301-705-9700 immediately if your animal will not respond to you. You also can walk into our Waldorf, MD clinic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We will check your animal’s heart rate using an electrocardiogram machine.

In addition, we will take blood tests to make sure your animal has no liver, kidney or other organ problems. Testing the blood will also indicate signs of blood sugar problems. In addition, we might perform electrical nerve tests (EEG), a spinal tap, MRI, endoscopy, ultrasound or X-rays. Then, we help you decide if your pet needs medication, surgery or other treatment.

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